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How is Vanderburgh County law enforcement using AI-powered license plate readers?

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2024 | Criminal Defense

If you are a resident of Vanderburgh County, you might have noticed some brand-new gadgets in town. Specifically, AI-powered gadgets on police cars. They are artificial intelligence-powered tools that allow law enforcement to recognize license plates, as their name suggests.

AI-powered license plate readers, or LPRs, are special cameras that use artificial intelligence to read license plates on cars as they pass by.

The benefits of LPRs are many, including:

  • They work day and night
  • They are cost-effective
  • They work rain or shine
  • They can lead to catching crimes

Now, you might be wondering why the police would use this tool and whether it invades people’s privacy. It is certainly a good question—and something that both local government and law enforcement continually discuss.

Safer communities

However, law enforcement is using this tool to keep our communities safe. When an LPR reads a license plate, the AI checks it against a list of plates linked to people who might be in trouble with the law. For example, someone who stole a car or a person with an active warrant for their arrest.

This tool has enormous potential to help law enforcement locate stolen vehicles, missing persons and even prevent criminal activity.

What about privacy?

The use of the data that LPRs gather by the police is subject to laws in Indiana. For example, there is a time limit for how long the police can keep the data gathered by these gadgets.

Data has to be deleted after a certain period of time unless it is being used in an active investigation.

Purposes of LPRs

It is critical to understand that these technological advances are not being implemented as a way of going after the average person.

These devices help law enforcement protect the community even more by adding AI-powered technology to their toolboxes.

While change can be scary and artificial intelligence has certainly caused concern on many fronts, using devices manufactured to help law enforcement protect people and their property can positively impact and even save lives.

If you have questions about the use of these tools and how they may affect your rights to privacy, contact our firm.

Let’s talk about artificial intelligence and your legal rights. We are always here to answer your questions.